Easy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

It’s pumpkin time and I’m celebrating my favorite time of the year (yep, it’s not summer but faaaallll)  with this easy pumpkin pasta sauce made from butternut squash. I love to use the different kinds of pumpkins for making sauces like I’ve done in this recipe but also in other recipes like this favorite of mine pumpkin risotto with pearl barley ,where I’ve used a Hokkaido pumpkin to make a creamy risotto.

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Easy pumpkin pasta sauce with wholegrain pasta!

In this recipe, I’m serving the easy pumpkin pasta sauce with some rye fusilli. If you’re not able to get a hold of exactly the rye version, never mind, any other wholegrain pasta works just fine. But don’t leave out the bacon! That’s a key ingredient in this meal and bacon and pumpkin is oh so good together but maybe you already know that?!

Before I go, I just want to apologize for not being very present here on Karla’s Nordic Kitchen for a while. That’s over now and I promise and I’m back for good. Let’s just say that it’s been quite a busy time the last few months but now I’m back in front of the screen and with a belly that is just getting bigger…

Yep, that’s right. A little baby boy is growing inside my belly and I can’t wait to meet him in February. It’s an exciting new chapter of my life and I just can’t wait to start it. And I’m sure that this is not the last thing you’ll here about my little family extension, so now you’re warned!

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Easy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
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Serves: 2-3
  • 25 oz (700 gr.) peeled butternut squash cut into large cubes
  • 1 organic vegetable stock cube
  • Water
  • 3.5 oz (100 gr.) Grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. red chili flakes
  • 2 large handfuls of fresh sage
  • 0.4 cups (1 dl.) milk
  • 0.4 cups (1 dl.) vegetable broth
  • 250 gr. rye fusilli pasta (or any other wholegrain pasta)
  • 3.5 oz (100 gr.) Bacon
  1. Cook the peeled butternut cubes in water that cover along with one vegetable stock cube.
  2. Boil the cubes until tender.
  3. Drain BUT save approximately 0.4 cups of the vegetable broth for the sauce.
  4. Transfer the cooked pumpkin cubes to a food processor or blender along with the vegetable broth, milk, a good pinch of grated nutmeg, chili flakes and grated parmesan.
  5. Blend until you have a thick, creamy sauce.
  6. Add perhaps some more milk or water, if you want the sauce to be thinner.
  7. Season with salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper.
  8. Pour the pumpkin sauce back into the pot and keep it warm.
  9. Fry the bacon until crisp in a pan and place it on a piece of paper towel to remove excess fat and keep it crisp.
  10. Cook the pasta until al dente and mix the pasta together with the pumpkin sauce along with 2 handfuls of finely chopped sage.
  11. Serve the pasta straight away with chopped crisp bacon and extra fresh sage.
  12. Sprinkle with lots of freshly ground pepper and salt flakes.

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